The Head Start program is a federally funded community-based program that focuses on children ages 3-5. It provides high-quality early childhood education, helping students develop self-confidence and strong social skills, and are better prepared for kindergarten. Children attend Head Start for half-days Monday through Friday. All children are offered breakfast, a hot lunch and a snack.
Studies have shown that parent involvement is one of the most important components for a child’s readiness for school. The Head Start program involves parents in a variety of ways, to help not only in the child’s development but also the family as a whole.
Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families modeled after the original Head Start program. Early Head Start provides high-quality early childhood development for infants, toddlers up to age 3, and pregnant women. It provides intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to children and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.
Early Head Start is designed to nurture healthy attachments between parent/caregiver and child. Services encompass the full range of a family’s needs from pregnancy through a child’s third birthday. In addition to linking families with needed services, the program also provides a place for children to experience consistent, nurturing relationships and stable, ongoing routines.